A week ago today I was in Saskatoon.
It was cold, as February in Saskatchewan often is. The cold was only outside!
Almost 50 people from across the province met to take another step towards helping the people of Saskatchewan, near and far, have better access to a palliative approach to care.
Good, general skill in palliative care in all the communities and networks across our province will allow people with life limiting illnesses to be whole people -- body, mind, emotion and spirit -- and to have the supportive care they need.
And building the connections, providing the spaces for insight and education, means that good generalist palliative care providers in the communities (nurses, doctors, pharmacists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, spiritual care providers, care aids and all the others I didn't list) can have relationships with specialist palliative care teams for those times when there are questions arise. For the times when symptoms of disease and distress are challenging to manage.
A thousand thanks to Kim Martens and the rockstar team at Pallium Canada,
...and to Elisabeth Antifeau and Lori Teeple, Master Facilitators in name, heart and action,
...and to the waves of champions (new and experienced) for a palliative approach to care in Saskatchewan!
Working alongside each one of you is a privilege.